This www.accuratecars.com blog post is number 6 in a series of used car buying tips, that you can easily perform in conjunction with the internet, when shopping for Honda used cars and Acura used cars.
The 1st used car buying tip covered the importance of always referencing the vehicle identification number (commonly referred to as the VIN or serial number),when considering a Honda or Acura pre-owned unit that is advertised online. This is the first step, because without a VIN, a consumer cannot reference a title history report on a particular vehicle.
The direct link to the 1st used car buying tip is:
The 2nd Honda & Acura used car buying tip recommended referencing the Carfax Report for possible service history records.
The direct link to Tip #2 is:
Used car buying tip #3 was one of the most important, because it showed how AutoCheck title history reports will expose “frame damaged” and / or “unibody damaged” vehicles that are sold at Manheim Auctions.
The direct link to Tip #3 is:
Used car buying tip #4 covered the importance of referencing both Autocheck and Carfax title history reports because both companies use different referencing sources for their data.This is especially important because one of the sources that autocheck uses is Manheim auto auctions. If a vehicle goes through their auction with an announced “frame damaged” condition, autocheck gets notified and they will note it on their title history reports, while Carfax may not get this information.
The direct link to tip #4 is:
Used car Buying Tip #5 was about the advantages / dis-advantages of buying your next used car from a dealer or a private seller. This article touched on some of the problems that can arise from making a used car purchase from a private seller. Unless you know the person that you are buying that used car from; consumers are more likely and better protected if they purchase their next used car from a licensed and bonded car dealer.
The direct link to tip #5 is:
Used Car Buying Tip #6 – Always Google That VIN
Just a few days ago, I was looking at some used car ads online. In particular, I was searching for the very rare 2007 or 2008 Acura TL Type S with a manual 6 speed transmission. Three of them came up in a 500 mile search and all three were “private seller” listings. One of the three of these very rare Acura TL units was posted with a vin in the online ad.
The vin that was posted in the ad was 19UUA75507A008231. I went to google.com and researched this vin. Many times, the vin will show “no search results found”, but if their is more information linked to a vehicle identification number, it may show in the search results. Only one link showed in the search results and it was Insurance Auto Auctions in South Carolina.
Below are the photos of the 2007 Acura TL Type S that are associated with VIN 19UUA75507A008231. These photos are the property of Insurance Auto Auctions and are only posted in this article for public interest and informational purposes.
After our dealership notified Auto Trader dot com of this fraudulent listing that was displayed on their website; they deleted it from their database.
Our first Used Car Buying Tip covered the importance of the VIN in an online car ad and this is just one example of how important it is. We did not initially pull a title history report to find out the online ad was fraudulent. We just “googled” the vin. After seeing Google results, we did pull the Carfax Report and the AutoCheck Report and both of them confirmed that this 2007 Acura TL Type S (vin 19UUA75507A008231) was a total loss due to fire damage on April 15, 2010….. Just 5 weeks after being purchased on March 9, 2010. All of the vehicle history was in Greenville, South Carolina…… Which is where the private seller of this vehicle listing was located.
SO THE BIG QUESTION IS……
If this vehicle was a total loss due to fire damage in April of 2010, why was it being marketed on auto trader dot com, out of Greenville, SC., in September of 2010?
In closing; many would be amazed at the number of online used car ads that are fraudulent in some way. Some simply display photos that do not represent the actual car, while other ads represent units that dealers do not actually have in inventory. Some online used car ads are just scams, where the seller (usually a private seller) has the goal of luring a buyer into making a deposit on a vehicle, that does not actually exist. When shopping for that next used car purchase on the internet, remember that the internet is for infomation and background checking. Search for the used car you are looking for, then use the tools that the internet provides to check the history of the vehicle, then go look at the vehicle and test drive it……. And then make an offer to purchase it. Never place an offer or a deposit to hold a vehicle with an online listing, with a private seller before seeing and test driving the vehicle.